Her father owned an advertising agency and brought his work home.
“We sat around the dinner table talking about advertising strategy. That was kind of part of my DNA at a very young age,” Blakely said.
Later, when she was in high school, the family moved to Brush to take over the Brush weekly newspaper, which her parents owned.
“There were six kids in my family, and we put out the paper every week. It was really fun.”
Majoring in English, Blakely attended Colorado College on a volleyball scholarship. She interned at the Colorado Springs Sun, a daily newspaper which no longer exists, and she also wrote freelance for Springs Magazine her senior year. After she graduated, she accepted a writing and editing job at the magazine.
One of her coworkers asked if she wanted to make additional income by selling advertising.
“I went for it. I ended up loving it because of the combination of skills I was able to use, writing, editing, selling and working with a lot of really great, creative minds,” Blakely said.
From there, she went to work at Graham Advertising as a media buyer, where she said, “I received probably the best training in my career. Where clients spend their money is where the rubber meets the road,” she said.
To this day, she uses those skills at Blakely, a company she joined more than five years ago.
[pullquote]Don’t be afraid to take chances when your heart’s in the right place. No mistake is ever fatal.[/pullquote]Now, “our goal is to be the largest full-service advertising agency in Colorado Springs that’s deeply invested in the community,” Blakely said. “We really occupy a space no one else does.”
The firm’s clients range from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Northstar Bank Colorado to the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the towns of Cripple Creek and Monument and others.
“No client is too small or too large for us,” Blakely said.
Being recognized as a Woman of Influence, “Is such a great honor,” she said. It makes me think of all the people who have influenced me in life. I’m thankful for the teachers, coaches, supervisors who helped me look at the world differently, who challenged me and who cared enough to ask me for different behavior at times.
“I consider all of that a gift.”
Blakely’s personal mantra is simple: Don’t be afraid to take chances when your heart’s in the right place. No mistake is ever fatal.
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